Who the Devil Made It

Who the Devil Made It

by Peter Bogdanovich
     
 

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eter Bogdanovich, award-winning director, screenwriter, actor and critic, interviews 16 legendary directors over a 15-year period. Their richly illuminating conversations combine to make this a riveting chronicle of Hollywood and picture making. A Literary Guild Selection. 62 photos.

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eter Bogdanovich, award-winning director, screenwriter, actor and critic, interviews 16 legendary directors over a 15-year period. Their richly illuminating conversations combine to make this a riveting chronicle of Hollywood and picture making. A Literary Guild Selection. 62 photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Director, actor, screenwriter and critic Bogdanovich (This Is Orson Welles), who claims he learned how to make movies by asking questions of famous directors, has assembled a monumental volume of his tape-recorded conversations with 16 masters whose careers span nearly the entire history of the cinema. Included are Robert Aldrich, George Cukor, Sidney Lumet, Josef von Sternberg and Raoul Walsh. The title is taken from a comment about directors by Howard Hawks, who said, "I liked almost anybody that made you realize who in the devil was making the picture," and it expresses the spirit of individuality that characterized these giants of Hollywood's golden age. The directors' reminiscences about technique, working methods, sources of ideas and relationships with actors and studios are thoroughly entertaining. Allan Dwan, for example, humorously describes the serendipitous process of making silent movies when the medium was still in its infancy; Alfred Hitchcock shares the mischievous workings of his inventive mind; and Otto Preminger gives a no-holds-barred account of the B movies he made as a young man for Darryl Zanuck. Each interview is preceded by a summary of the director's career and followed by a list of his movies.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Director, actor, screenwriter and critic Bogdanovich (This Is Orson Welles), who claims he learned how to make movies by asking questions of famous directors, has assembled a monumental volume of his tape-recorded conversations with 16 masters whose careers span nearly the entire history of the cinema. Included are Robert Aldrich, George Cukor, Sidney Lumet, Josef von Sternberg and Raoul Walsh. The title is taken from a comment about directors by Howard Hawks, who said, "I liked almost anybody that made you realize who in the devil was making the picture," and it expresses the spirit of individuality that characterized these giants of Hollywood's golden age. The directors' reminiscences about technique, working methods, sources of ideas and relationships with actors and studios are thoroughly entertaining. Allan Dwan, for example, humorously describes the serendipitous process of making silent movies when the medium was still in its infancy; Alfred Hitchcock shares the mischievous workings of his inventive mind; and Otto Preminger gives a no-holds-barred account of the B movies he made as a young man for Darryl Zanuck. Each interview is preceded by a summary of the director's career and followed by a list of his movies. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Noted film director (The Last Picture Show, 1971) and author (This Is Orson Welles, LJ 11/15/92) Bogdanovich here consolidates 16 interviews with a very representative selection of significant cinema pioneers. Bogdanovich begins with a lengthy introduction in which he lays out his credentials, provides an overview of cinema history, and discusses the pervading influence of Ernst Lubitsch (d. 1947). Each director receives a career analysis followed by the interview and concluding with vital statistics and a complete filmography. As a film historian, Bogdanovich knew which questions to ask. Except for the previously unpublished Robert Aldrich and George Cukor interviews, these pieces originally appeared in periodicals, monographs, and books dating as far back as 1960. The books are out of print, and some of the periodicals are hard to find, making this compendium very valuable, even essential, for film collections.Kim R. Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Lib., Malvern, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679447061
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/11/1997
Pages:
849
Product dimensions:
6.68(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.98(d)

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